Turkish youth making traditional career plans: Expert

            By Dilara Hamit</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) – Young people in Turkey are still seeking job security, a better living status and an open career path, a generational studies expert said Wednesday.</p>  <p>In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Evrim Kuran, the director of an employer branding research and consulting company, said the employment expectations of generation Y in Turkey are similar to those of Baby Boomers and Generation X.</p>  <p>In general, people born between 1946 and 1964 are known as Baby Boomers and Generation Xers were born between 1965 and 1979, while those born between 1980 and 1994 are known as Generation Y.</p>  <p>Generation Z, who are just starting to enter the workforce, were born after 1996.</p>  <p>&quot;Our research indicates that the stress levels of young Turkish people are very high compared to many other countries,&quot; Kuran said.</p>  <p>Kuran said recent graduates and college students in Turkey have more traditional expectations, which is not surprising.</p>  <p>She noted that the insufficient number of young entrepreneurs could be directly related to the country's education system.</p>  <p>&quot;Our system does not support critical thinking and creative intelligence, which are among the most important competencies of the century.</p>  <p>&quot;Therefore, there are not many young people who pursue innovation, take risks and can work with uncertainties,&quot; Kuran said.</p>  <p>While stressing that Generation Y has less repressive parents, she said it is not true that they grew up more comfortably compared to previous generations.</p>  <p>&quot;We are briefly talking about a generation that is facing unemployment, inadequacy, a lack of talent and professionalism.</p>  <p>&quot;Today, unfortunately, many comparative global studies show that the youth in our country are unable to gain competencies and use them in their careers,&quot; she said.<br> <br> </p>  <p>- Research alone not enough</p>  <p>Although there are many universities in Turkey, Kuran said most of the graduates' qualifications are not sufficient to find a job.</p>  <p>&quot;It is too late to wait and form some kind of competency at university,&quot; she said. &quot;Young talents should be invested in starting from their primary education period.&quot;</p>  <p>Pointing out how difficult it is to be successful in a competitive business environment, Kuran said a huge amount of individual effort has to be made.</p>  <p>&quot;In other words, parents and young people in Turkey have to push more and work hard compared to the world's most developed economies,&quot; she said.</p>  <p>Kuran noted that a wide range of studies on Generation Y have been conducted over a decade, providing a meaningful infrastructure for carrying out research on Generation Z.</p>  <p>&quot;However, identifying generations or conducting research to understand them are not enough,&quot; she said. &quot;Actions favorable in theory that fail in practice are useless.&quot;</p>  <p>She urged the public sector to play a more active role in these studies and work on modified models.</p>  <p>&quot;The critical point is what institutions and leaders will contribute to the coming generations.</p>  <p>&quot;They should decide which values of the older generations will be embraced and how to make use of these with the new generations,&quot; she added.</p>  <p> 

Indian, Turkish officials hold talks on bilateral ties

            By Ahmad Adil</p>  <p> </p>  <p>CHANDIGARH, India (AA) - Indian and Turkish officials met Wednesday in the capital, New Delhi, and discussed a wide range of topics.</p>  <p>  <p><br>

Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Sedat Onal had a meeting with Gitesh A Sarma, Secretary (West) under the institutional mechanism of Foreign Office Consultations, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

It said the officials held cordial discussions on various aspects of bilateral ties, including examining opportunities for enhancing trade and investment relations.

The ministry said bilateral trade currently totals around $8.6 billion, with a target to reach $10 billion by 2020.

Enhanced cultural interaction, tourism and people-to-people contacts were also discussed, and the two sides also reviewed the current situation in their respective regions and exchanged views on several multilateral issues.

“India and Turkey enjoy close, friendly and deep-rooted ties dating back several centuries and share civilizational links. The recent political exchanges have imparted fresh momentum to our bilateral ties and opened several new avenues for cooperation,” the ministry added.

"Exchanging views. India and Turkey held Foreign Office Consultations led by Secretary West Sh. Gitesh Sarma & Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal. Discussed cooperation in trade, investment, cultural interaction, tourism, people-to-people contacts," said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Twitter.

Onal is visiting India from May 7-9 as part of a regular exchange between the two countries, said officials in New Delhi, adding he had earlier visited India as part of the delegation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May 2017.

Iconic Indian poet commemorated in Turkey

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) – Indian envoy to Turkey honored a world famous poet, writer and polymath, Rabindranath Tagore from India for his 158th birthday on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow we celebrate his 158th birth anniversary,” Sanjay Bhattacharyya said and adding that Tagore is an iconic figure as a poet, philosopher, painter, musician, patriot, revolutionary, scientist, traveller and humanist.

Bhattacharyya said that India’s pacifist independence leader Mahatma Gandhi used to call him "Gurudev" (the Great Master) and Tagore named him "Mahatma" (the Great Soul) as there was an affection between the duo.

"Tagore wrote two national anthems for India and Bangladesh. It's also true that the Sri Lankan national anthem was mostly affected by a song composed by Tagore," Bhattacharyya said and adding that he won a Nobel prize, which introduced him to the West.

Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 becoming the first laureate of the Indian subcontinent.

He said that Tagore had a deep sense of affection for Turkey and particularly for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, as the Indian poet was in Istanbul for two days in 1920s.

Bhattacharyya said that maybe Tagore has never really met Ataturk but they used to write to each other.

  • 'Tagore very impressed by Ataturk'

"In one of those letters, Tagore asked Ataturk to contribute books for the library in Visva Bharati University (the university Tagore established) and Ataturk contributed 41 books, still in this library with a plaque saying a gift of love from Turkey.

"Tagore was very impressed by Ataturk", Bhattacharyya remarked as Tagore praised Ataturk for his bravery and farsightedness.

"Tagore writes about Ataturk and he says Ataturk reawakened the heritage of Asia. Tagore says he rekindled hope in all Asia with nationalist movement and Tagore congratulates Ataturk for being farsighted, brave and nationalist," he said.

"Tagore says while the nationalist movement, perhaps the greatest contribution (of Ataturk) was breaking conservatism and emerging from blind faith in religion and he concludes as Ataturk showed the same bravery in the reconstruction of his nation as he had earlier shown on the battlefield; for a progressive Asia, we should look towards Turkey," Bhattacharyya said and adding that Turkey wasn't unfamiliar with Tagore.

He stated that his several works were translated to Turkish such as Gitanjeli, the poem book of Tagore was translated to Turkish by Turkey's former premier Bulent Ecevit.

He added that in 2003, Turkey named an Ankara street as Rabindranath Tagore Avenue.

During Wednesday's Tagore Festival at the Indian Embassy in Ankara, a short film about his life was displayed.

One of the most famous works of Tagore, Chokher Bali was put on screen for attendees at the Indian Embassy in Ankara.

Chokher Bali is a Bengali novel written in 1903, narrating the life of a main female character, Binodini – a young widow – and her relations with three individuals.

This novel was adapted to a drama movie in 2003 as the film is also known as Chokher Bali: A Passion Play.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 45, as Binodini is the main protagonist of this movie.

Separately, Tagore painting exhibition was held in the Indian Embassy.

UPDATE – Turkey: 'Supreme Election Council won't bow to threats'

UPDATES WITH MORE DETAILS FROM STATEMENT

By Aylin Sirikli

ANKARA (AA) – Two days after ordering fresh mayoral elections in Istanbul, Turkey's electoral authority said it will continue doing its duty without bowing down to threats, pressure, or smears.

"It is unacceptable for judges to be smeared and personally made into targets due to their rulings," the Supreme Election Council (YSK) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and an Istanbul lawmaker, had voiced some claims about council members which contained insults, threats, and smears.

The statement said under Turkey's Constitution and laws, even if a person is a member of the legislature with immunity from prosecution, that does not give anyone the freedom to commit crimes or insult members of the judiciary.

It said that attacking personal rights and casting aspersions on people's belief in justice and democracy should be avoided, adding that the council "strongly condemns" and rejects such actions.

The statement came after the council's decision to hold a do-over Istanbul mayoral election on June 23 attracted harsh criticism from opposition politicians.

In its decision, it said some polling officials and staff during the March 31 election were not civil servants as required by law.

Under the decision, Ekrem Imamoglu, a member of the CHP whose election as Istanbul mayor had been certified, had his certification revoked, with an interim mayor filling the post until the June 23 polls.

Millions of Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide on March 31 in local elections to choose mayors, city council members, and other officials for the next five years.

Turkey: 'Supreme Election Council won't bow to threats'

By Aylin Sirikli

ANKARA (AA) – Two days after ordering fresh mayoral elections in Istanbul, Turkey's electoral authority said it will continue doing its duty without bowing down to threats, pressure, or smears.

"It is unacceptable for judges to be smeared and personally made into targets due to their rulings," the Supreme Election Council (YSK) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said under Turkey's Constitution and laws, even if a person is a member of the legislature with immunity from prosecution, that does not give anyone the freedom to commit crimes or insult members of the judiciary.

The statement came after the council's decision to hold a do-over Istanbul mayoral election on June 23 attracted harsh criticism from opposition politicians.

In its decision, it said some polling officials and staff during the March 31 election were not civil servants as required by law.

Millions of Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide on March 31 in local elections to choose mayors, city council members, and other officials for the next five years.

Opposition party seeks overall rerun of Istanbul vote

                              By Aylin Sirikli</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - A Turkish opposition party on Wednesday asked the country’s election authority to cancel the results of not just Istanbul’s mayoral elections from March 31, but all the elections in the city held that day.</p>  <p>Hasan Seymen, deputy chair of the Good (IYI) Party, argued that as the mayoral election results were cancelled due to improper staffing of polling places, all the election results should be cancelled.</p>  <p>Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) on Monday cancelled the March 31 mayoral election results and ordered a do-over poll set for June 23. </p>  <p>In its decision, it said some polling officials and staff on March 31 were not civil servants as required by law.</p>  <p>Before the IYI Party petition, Turkey's main opposition Republican People’s Party's (CHP) also asked the election authority to cancel local poll results in all 39 districts of Istanbul, a metropolis of some 16 million people.</p>    <p>Millions of Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide on March 31 in local elections to choose mayors, city council members, and other officials for the next five years.</p>  <p>* Writing by Burak Bir</p>  <p> 

Turkish, Russian foreign ministers discuss Syria

                 By Muhammed Ikbal Arslan</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - The Turkish and Russian foreign ministers discussed Syria via telephone Wednesday, according to a Turkish diplomatic source.

Mevlut Cavusoglu offered his condolences to Sergey Lavrov for a deadly plane crash Monday when a Superjet-100 plane with 78 people on-board, traveling from Moscow to Murmansk, caught fire soon after take-off and asked for an emergency landing.

At least 41 people were killed.

*Writing by Burak Bir

EBRD forecasts gradual recovery in Turkish economy

             By Gokhan Ergocun</p>    <p>SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AA) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) forecasts gradual recovery in the Turkish economy by starting the next year.</p>    <p>The Turkish economy, which grow by 2.6% in 2018, is expected to narrow 1% in 2019 and see a gradual recovery with a 2.5% growth in 2020, the bank said in a report.</p>    <p>The report, titled Regional Economic Prospects in the EBRD Regions, was released during an annual meeting of the bank on Wednesday.</p>    <p>It underlined: &quot;While leading indicators suggest that the slowdown may have bottomed out in the first quarter of 2019, this may in part be driven by temporary counter-cyclical measures introduced in advance of the municipal elections in March 2019.&quot;</p>    <p>The Turkish economy grew by 7.4% in 2017 and 2.9% in 2016.</p>    <p>Mentioning that Turkey had three recession periods in 1999-2000, 2001-2002 and 2009, the report noted: &quot;All of these lasted for one year and recoveries took five quarters.&quot;</p>    <p>The report said that high-interest rates will continue to reduce consumption and investment, but the weaker Turkish lira will continue to back net exports of the country.</p>    <p>The bank expected that the inflation rate, which hit 15-year-high with 25% in last October, will start to reduce in the second half of the current year.</p>    <p>The EBRD report also underscored that Turkish lira recovered some losses against the U.S. dollar and stabilized after a high-volatility-period in 2018, but it remained vulnerable to fragile investor sentiment.</p>    <p>Last year, the average U.S. dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate was 4.82, versus 3.65 in 2017, while one dollar traded for 5.46 Turkish liras on average in the first four months of 2019.</p>    <p>Average growth in countries where the EBRD operates is forecasted at 2.3% in 2019 and 2.6% in 2020, according to the report.</p>    <p>The bank's previous forecast was 2.6% for 2019 in its region.</p>    <p>&quot;Having tightened throughout 2018, financing conditions faced by the EBRD regions’ economies started easing from January 2019, with interest rates remaining low in historical perspective,&quot; said the report.</p>    <p>Among the EBRD countries, the highest forecast was for Turkmenistan -- 6.3% in 2019 and 6% in 2020.</p>    <p>The EBRD operates in nearly 40 countries from Europe to the Caucasus.

Established in 1991 to facilitate reconstruction in Central and Eastern Europe after the Cold War, the EBRD has since made investments worth €133 billion ($149 billion) in around 5,200 projects so far.

Istanbul: Main opposition party seeks full revote polls

              By Aylin Sirikli and Mehmet Tosun</p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's main opposition party on Wednesday appealed to Turkey’s election authority to cancel local poll results in all 39 districts in Istanbul.</p>  <p>The move comes after the Supreme Election Council’s (YSK) decision on Monday for a do-over election for only the mayoral race of Istanbul.</p>    <p>The top election board cancelled the Istanbul polls after the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) appealed to the YSK over the results of the Istanbul polls, pointing to irregularities and contradictions with the country's election law. </p>  <p>According to the council, the decision was taken due to some ballot committee members who served during the elections not being civil servants as required by law.</p>  <p>The mayoral certificate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party's (CHP) Ekrem Imamoglu was also cancelled by the YSK. </p>  <p>Speaking to reporters after the decision, Muharrem Erkek, deputy head of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said the party filed an objection with the YSK to cancel the results in 39 districts of Istanbul to revote for municipal council members, mukhtars and members of elderly councils due to the &quot;full illegality&quot; during the elections.</p>    <p>The party also filed an objection to cancel last year's presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 for the same reasons.</p>    <p>On June 24, 2018, Turkey held presidential and parliamentary elections which resulted in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory as a president and his AK Party in the parliament.</p>    <p>Erkek said the YSK ruling to renew the Istanbul municipal polls contradicted with the previous YSK decisions as they had been made in line with the same election law in force on March 13, 2018, upon the demand of the ruling AK Party.</p>    <p>&quot;Both elections were made based on the same law, the same circulars and the same practices. If you say, 'There were organized irregularities in the local elections in Istanbul and there are doubts [on the results, since] people who are not civil servants served on ballot boxes,' the same thing happened on June 24.</p>    <p>&quot;So, if something really did take place, it did so on June 24. If Ekrem Imamoglu's election is suspect, then the election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 24 was as well,&quot; Erkek said.</p>    <p>Erkek said neither voters, nor political parties or candidates were involved in choosing the people who presided over the ballot boxes.</p>    <p>&quot;These procedures are carried out by district election boards under the supervision of the YSK. Did Ekrem Imamoglu decide on the chairman and members of the ballot box [committees] serving in Istanbul?&quot; Erkek said, adding that the move to redo the elections in Istanbul ignored the will of voters.